The chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen won the heart of the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich some 200 years ago.
Germany's smallest national park, located in the north-east of the country in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, has much to offer. Aside from the cliffs, which reach up to 117 metres in height, the park is also home to ancient beech forests dating back over 700 years, which are found on the Stubnitz plateau and are part of a UNESCO Natural Heritage site. There are a huge number of ways to explore this unique landscape on foot or by bike.
The route to holiday happiness
The Jasmund National Park Walking Trail is a favourite among walkers. Some 8.5km in length, it takes you right along the cliffs and features enough natural treasures for several holidays. White chalk cliffs, lush beech forests and the shimmering blue of the sea. What more could you wish for? If you'd prefer to be cycling and feel the sea breeze on your face, why not try the Hamburg-Rügen Cycle Route or the Baltic Coast Cycle Route?
Nature in the skies and under your feet
There is an abundance of flora and fauna here. Protected orchid varieties, such as the lady's slipper, bloom in the meadows. Every so often, you'll catch sight of a rare white-tailed eagle circling in the skies, while far below a thousand different species of beetle scuttle through the undergrowth in this landscape of contrasts.
Nature and culture in harmony
The region also has plenty on offer if you fancy a day of culture. Recommended excursions include Lake Hertha with its myth-enshrouded ramparts dating from the Slavic era, the Pirate Gorge in Sassnitz and the Caspar David Friedrich exhibition at the Stadtmuseum in Greifswald on the mainland.
Jasmund National Park
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